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Pumpkins: Not Just for Pretty Colours!

Learn about the healthy benefits of pumpkins and how many different ways they can benefit you.

You may not realize that pumpkins are not only pretty and festive in the fall, but that they can have great benefits on your health, weight loss, skin tone and even your love life! Check out these great benefits of adding pumpkin to your diet!

 

  • Look Younger: Pumpkins contain high levels of vitamin A, which is a natural anti-aging compound and helps your skin renew and rejuvenate itself. Pumpkin will increase the collagen production in your skin, giving you a youthful, healthy glow!

  • Boost Your Libido: Give your sex drive a little nudge by getting a good dose of pumpkin in your diet. Pumpkins contain zinc, which can improve men’s sexual health as well as fertility and potency. A greater sex drive is reported by those getting enough zinc in their diets—and only a quarter cup of pumpkin will give you nearly a fifth of what you need each day!

  • Protect Your Prostate: For many generations, pumpkin seeds have been used for treatment of enlarged prostate. The phytosterols contained within pumpkins can help to shrink the prostate. Eating an ounce of pumpkin seeds about three times a week will give you this benefit.

  • Boost Your Weight Loss: Pumpkins contain high amounts of fibre, which will help you feel full. With about 3 grams of fibre per serving, and only 50 calories—and being fat free—pumpkins can make you feel satisfied longer and help you to eat less.

  • Improve Gut Health: Pumpkin seeds can help remove harmful parasites from your gut and keep the bacteria properly balanced. Historically, Native Americans have used them medicinally to treat intestinal worms, and pumpkin seeds are still used in many African tribes to treat tapeworms.

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    Enjoy this great fall vegetable and add healthy benefits and beautiful colours to your meals! Pumpkins have many benefits that you should start enjoying today!

    SOURCES: http://www.rd.com/slideshows/health-benefits-of-pumpkin/#ixzz3CkFLaG58; http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pumpkin.html; Image courtesy of criminalatt / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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